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At yesterday's Trump rally in Florida, Atlantic reporter McKay Coppins found that the president's true believers still believe.

Toward the end of the rally, I began asking attendees how they would grade Trump's time in office so far. All but one awarded him an 'A+' (and the outlier gave him an 'A'). If pressed, they would often add caveats such as, "given what he's up against..." or, "...considering all he's trying to accomplish." Even if some were grading on a curve, it didn't make their reviews insincere.

Why this matters: For all the chattering about Trump's tumultuous first month, the core of his support hasn't flagged. His approval rating averages out to about 45%, according to Nate Silver, And rallies like the one yesterday tell the president to stay the course.

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